Monday, May 9, 2011

First Chapter Contest Award

  Wow! Just came back from an awesome writer’s conference—LDStorymakers. You know what they say: The more you learn, the more you learn you don’t know. It’s a mixture of that and recognizing concepts I’m “getting”. Though harder to implement, I can recognize more of what needs work in my current project. Sometimes it’s overwhelming because it takes revision after revision . . . . I think it’s impossible to catch all those things in one sweep or even to write thinking of all the concepts in my head. Practice, practice.

Historical Winners-Me and Scott Lockwood
  Drum roll please. There must be some things I’m getting right because I got great news when they announced the chapter contest winners. My Historical Fiction chapter won 1st Place in that category! It feels like all the effort was worth it. One of the biggest perks is that 3 LDS publishing companies will view my manuscript immediately instead of placing it in the slush pile of entries.
My best critic and supporter, Melissa Cunningham


Judgment Day. Four judges evaluated my submission and gave feedback. This is always a touchy subject for the entrants; it can really vary. Typically there is a harsh judge and an easy judge. This time the harshest judge left comments indicating his/her reasoning or train of thought that led to their rating. Thank you, whoever you are. Now I can make a better decision of what to fix because of those reasons and not wonder if the judge ate something disagreeable for breakfast.
  Writing Tip: When we get feedback from a judge, a critique group, or even a friend, try to evaluate it in the perspective of what you have learned about the concept instead of emotional attachment to the writing. Can this feedback strengthen the writing?
  Head Back next Monday for specific tips and information from a class or two. 

8 comments:

Angie said...

Yeah! Congrats, Renae. It was good to see you!

Canda said...

Congratulations, Renae. So glad you are seeing rewards from your hard work.

kbrebes said...

Congrats again, Renae!!!

Melissa J. Cunningham said...

LOVE the pics. I'm so proud of you and how dedicated you are. So glad we got to spend time together at the conference at least part of the time! LOVE YOU!

Tamara said...

I am SO happy for you. Yay!

Katie Dodge said...

Congrats! It was good to see you again!

Renae W. Mackley said...

Thanks everybody. I hope I'm one step closer to publishing and wish the same for you! Loved seeing and meeting friends.

Tristi Pinkston said...

I'm so excited for your win - congratulations!!